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making news in america this morning, an abc news exclusive. attorney general william barr one-on-one. why he says president trump's tweets are making it impossible to do his job and his candid comments about his relationship with the president and how he thinks trump will react to his interview. battle of the billionaires. the war of words between michael bloomberg and president trump escalating overnight. what the former new york mayor said in texas and the policy of stop and frisk once again in the spotlight this morning. zookeeper speaks out. the woman attacked by a tiger describes the terrifying moments when she was pulled to the ground. how she survived and her long road to recovery. consumer alert. the new warning about a popular
at home product people are using to straighten their teeth. plus, on this valentine's day, romance at the office. why it's not so rare anymore. and from this wild crash to the shoplifter stopped in his tracks to the very special shot made by tiger woods, all the trending video for your friday morning. good friday morning, everyone. thank you for joining us. we begin with our exclusive interview with attorney general william barr. >> he says president trump's tweets are making it impossible for him to do his job but denied the president interfered in the case of roger stone, a longtime trump adviser. >> in a highly unusual move a top judge in washington is now speaking out addressing president trump's criticism of law enforcement officials. abc's andrew dymburt has the latest from washington. andrew, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning. so, barr didn't back down after pushing for that lighter sentence for roger stone but did
say that president trump's tweets are making his job harder especially since this case is still pending. in an exclusive interview attorney general william barr telling abc the president never told him to go easy on longtime friend and confidant roger stone. >> did you talk to the president at all about your decision regarding your recommendations? >> never. >> reporter: stone was convicted last year for witness tampering, lying to congress and obstructing a congressional investigation into russian election interference in the 2016 election. prosecutors originally recommended stone spend up to nine years in prison until barr overruled right around the same time the president called it a, quote, miscarriage of justice on twitter. >> i had made a decision that i thought was fair and reasonable in this particular case, and once the tweet occurred the question is, well, now what do i do? >> reporter: four prosecutors quit the case in protest. barr now saying the president
shouldn't interfere in the doj. >> how would you describe your relationship with the president in general terms? i know you don't talk specifics but in general terms how is the relationship? >> i think our relationship is good. i support his program. i think he's doing great things for the country. i feel that, you know, he's faced a lot of resistance, and he still is able to accomplish a lot of good things, and we have a good working relationship. >> reporter: and in a rare move the chief judge presiding over the case issued a statement that reads in part, the judges of this court base their sentencing decisions on careful consideration of the actual record. public criticism or pressure is not a factor. democrats responding in force. >> the attorney general has stooped to such levels. what a sad disappointment to our country. >> reporter: and the white house issued a statement saying in part that the president wasn't bothered by barr's comments adding that the president has the right to express his opinion publicly just like any other american citizen.
kenneth, kimberly. >> we will see if there is any more fallout from this. andrew dymburt, thank you. breaking overnight china breaking overnight china has revealed more than 1,700 medical workers have been infected with the new coronavirus. at least six have died. the government is expanding a mass roundup of people who may be infected. today china reported 121 new deaths. officials say new cases have been dropping for ten consecutive days. that's if you exclude the area where the outbreak was first reported. in japan some passengers stuck on a quarantined cruise ship are finally going onshore today but they'll remain in quarantine for six more days. the case of a south carolina girl missing since monday is now a homicide investigation. police say they found the body of 6-year-old faye swetlik not far from her home. a school bus security camera showed her coming home from school just before she vanished. within hours police launched a massive search. the town's head of public safety
got emotional while announcing the heartbreaking update thursday. >> it is with extremely heavy hearts that we are announcing that we have found the body that the coroner has identified as faye marie swetlik. >> investigators provided no details about her death only saying that there is no danger to the public. we turn now to the war of words between president trump and michael bloomberg. >> it's getting personal between the two billionaires and bloomberg took his fight to the stage in texas last night. the biggest endorsement yet for former new york mayor michael bloomberg. >> michael bloomberg. >> reporter: picking up support from the mayor of houston while escalating his feud with president trump. >> and it reminds me of sam rayburn saying that you might know any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one. >> reporter: the all day back and forth between the billionaires started thursday when president trump tweeted,
mini mike bloomberg is a loser who has money but can't debate and has zero presence. bloomberg fired back taunting trump. we know many of the same people in ny. behind your back they laugh at you and call you a carnival barking clown. >> let me say this, mr. president, you can't bully me, and i won't let you bully the american people. >> reporter: the president then went after bloomberg for his controversial stop and frisk policy as mayor making this exaggerated claim. >> bloomberg came in and he said, well, you know what, this thing is so good, i'm going to stop every black person and if you were a black person in new york, you were stopped two times a day, three times a day. you couldn't go to your house they were stopping you every day. >> reporter: but trump himself has long promoted stop and frisk as a tremendous success. >> stop and frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of new york city. tremendous beyond belief. >> reporter: under the policy more than 500,000 a year most of them black and latinos were stopped and frisked by police, 88% of the time police found no reason to arrest them. bloomberg defended the policy
even after a judge called it unconstitutional in 2013. last night in houston, bloomberg apologized for the policy again while launching his mike for black america tour. >> i defended it looking back for too long because i didn't understand then the unintended pain it was causing to young black and brown families and their kids. >> i believe i'm going to beat trump. i believe i'm the person to get the nomination. >> reporter: in the meantime, former vice president joe biden and his wife jill appeared on "the view" as his team makes a big bet on the future of his campaign. after his poor showing in iowa and new hampshire, the biden campaign is moving dozens of staffers out of super tuesday states and into nevada and south carolina where for the first time in this election cycle minority voters will play a major role. >> 99% of the african-american vote hadn't voted yet and 99% of the hispanic vote hadn't voted yet. >> biden said he thinks he can win south carolina handedly and predicting a second place in nevada one week from tomorrow.
in a scary scene at the atlanta airport two were injured when the ceiling collapsed at a restaurant in the airport. officials say it was part of a dropped ceiling and may have been installed incorrectly. turning to the weather, this morning is expected to be the coldest morning of the season from minneapolis to chicago. and that cold is moving east. let's take a look now at your friday forecast. >> good morning. the talk of town being these frigid temperatures, not only widespread subzero but real fee temperatures to get us out the door. once out the door, we're finding very little relief. widespread teens to the 20s and a major temperature drop in the southern part of the country in the wake of that departing cold front. if you remember the other day the atlanta area highs in the 60s now with highs in the 50s.
for accuweather, i'm meteorologist lauren rainson. now, back to you. coming up, a mysterious note found in the cereal aisle of a supermarket. what was inside and what a little girl did with it. first a warning about a popular at home people are using to straighten their teeth. the consumer complaints and the company's response. plus, what we're learning hmm. [cell phone beeps] hey!
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and it catches the shopper taking down the suspect by shoving his cart in his way and he faces multiple charges. authorities in kentucky are testing the water quality in a train carrying ethanol that derailed. a rock slide triggered it leading to a massive fire. two crew members trapped as the train fell into the river. they managed to escape and waited to be rescued as the fire burned. this is just an absolutely massive blaze. >> that roaring you can hear is actually coming from one of the railcars still on fire. >> five cars derailed. four carrying ethanol. it is blamed on heavy rain. five inches have fallen in the past week. a consumer alert this morning for anyone who is looking for a quick fix for crooked teeth. members of congress are now calling for an investigation into smile direct club, a company that makes at home teeth straightening kits. they're a cheaper option optionn orthodontist. but some customers say their teeth ended up in worst shape than when they started. they reported more than 1800 complaints but smile direct says
a small fraction of their customers are actually satisfied with the product. a major bank facing criticism for this harriet tubman credit card. critics call it disrespectful trying to capitalize on her fight for freedom, but one calls it a celebration of black history month and hopes the card paves the way for tubman getting on the $20 bill. and speaking of dollar, dollar bills, y'all, a trip to the cereal aisle in supermarket was very profitable for one young girl. 6-year-old daphne kenny was shopping with her mom when she found a $100 bill. it was attached to a note that said whoever finds this, i love you. daphne's mom let her spend the money on two stuffed animals. daphne says a big old thank you to that generous person out there. all right. and coming up, tiger woods pays tribute to kobe bryant in a very unexpected way. but first harvey weinstein's lawyer questions whether the me too movement has gone too far. what she said about women taking responsibility. and a zookeeper attacked by
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said prosecutors wrote a script creating a scenario that strips adult women of their common sense telling the jury in their universe women are not responsible for the parties they attend, the men they flirt with, the hotel room invitations, the plane tickets they expect, the jobs they hope to obtain. weinstein's lawyer reminding jurors of email written between weinstein and the two main accusers requesting professional support. rotunno added being a sex addict and being a rapist are two different things. he is on trial for allegedly raping a woman in 2013 and assaulting another in 2006. additional accusers testified to bolster the prosecution's argument that weinstein used similar tactics to victimize women over many years. other accusers like actress rosanna arquette protested. >> time's up on the pervasive culture of silence that has enabled abusers like weinstein. >> reporter: the prosecution's closing arguments are expected today. jury deliberations next week. a zookeeper in kansas is describing the moment she was
attacked by a tiger. kristyn hayden-ortega was working at the topeka zoo last year when a 7-year-old tiger pounced inside the enclosure where she was working and suffered wounds to her face and neck when the animal pulled her to the ground. she says nerve damage is still limiting her movements. >> irdon't know all of it specifically but i know that i ended up with i believe over 30 sites on my body that had staples and i just remember some of the sounds that i could hear. it could happen to anybody. it could happen to the newbie, the experienced person, the person always safe. >> hayden-ortega has already returned to the zoo where the attack has led to changes. they now require more than one person to double-check doors are secure before a staff member enters a space with a dangerous animal. in sports the astros are facing new backlash for the cheating scandal overshadowing
their 2017 world series win. they're accused of using a video system to steal signs from opponents. at a spring training news conference, players were quick to apologize. >> the whole houston organization and team feels bad about what happened. >> i'm really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me. >> reporter: but astros owner jim rain can is under fire for his comments. at first he said the cheating had no impact on the game but moments later he denied saying there was no impact. he added there was no impact and the team's leaders have already been held accountable. the manager and general manager were fired last month. this is something special. tiger woods found a special way to pay tribute to kobe bryant at the 1st hole. his ball landed 24 feet, 8 inches away from the hole, and
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least among younger workers. a new survey finds 75% have dated a co-worker and a quarter of those lovebirds say it was more than just a fling. >> that's a big shift when dating on the job was considered taboo. only 1% of aged 65 and older say they once had a workplace relationship. an unforgettable flight for a couple and their newly adopted daughter. >> they were flying from colorado to california. karen and dustin moore were bringing their 8-day-old girl home for the first time. >> they say a southwest flight attendant made an announcement introducing them to everyone on board. then the crew handed out napkins so everyone could write down their well wishes for the couple. >> nobody knew how significant that was to us. all those worries and those fears that we had about can we do this? are people going to be good to our sweet daughter even though we adopted her and everybody just shouted yes in unison to each other. i can't think of any better way we could have had to bring our
daughter home. >> love it. >> very beautiful. the moores have a message to all those strangers on the plane simply saying thank you. >> very sweet there. here in new york, the food police are going after mayor bill de blasio again. >> the mayor became a target after visiting a chinese restaurant where it was clear he does not have mad skills with chopsticks. he seemed pretty helpless. >> a few years back, i'm sure you remember this, de blasio set off a firestorm for eating pizza with a fork and just last month he got in trouble for toasting fresh bagels. food police after him. >> yes. and finally, what's better than coming back to earth after nearly one year? >> how about the greeting you get from your dog. record-setting astronaut christina koch spent 328 days in space, the longest ever for a woman. >> lots of time away from lbd, the initials are short for little brown dog. >> where you been? have you gone to space or something? christina koch is, yeah, i went there. i was with without you for all those days. >> oh, my gosh. happy to be home. >> that dog is so happy. >> love it.
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>> i thought you said no stress today. >> no stress, just cloudiness. no fog out there. no mist or drizzle. 40 in los gatos. 41 in san francisco. 48 in napa. this afternoon we end up in the mid to upper 50s along the coast and san francisco. richmond and san rafael, about 60 to 63 under a partly cloudy sky. the weekend forecast coming up. good morning, frances. >> good morning. this is a fatal accident, the chp was investigating a deadly crash, this is earlier footage of a motorcycle accident, happened on northbound 87 transition to northbound 280. this morning officers closed the transition on that ramp to investigate but just a few minutes ago it has just reopened. they have not say what caused the crash but it did involve a
motorcycle. i'll take you to the maps and show you what's going on. b of to northbound 280, since that has just been reopened, we'll see that clear up. no major problems at all now through san jose. there was an early morning accident on 580 that has been cleared. here's a live shot of northbound 87 making your way past the airport. traffic is light. it's looking good right now. the san mateo bridge, fine right now across the span in both directions with a new crash reported westbound 92 at delaware. >> thanks. happening today, we're expected to get new information from police in union city about a double homicide that rattled the community. >> these boys were only 11 and 14. they were shot and killed in the parking lot of an elementary school in november.
anser hassan is live in union city with what we're expected to learn. >> good morning. in a few hours union city police will be joined by the mayor and california state attorney general in an announcement that mave the suspects and the evidence seized. this happened back in november. november 23rd, the early morning hours, two boys, one aged 11, the other 14, were gunned down as they sat in a parked minivan in the parking lot of the elementary school. there's still a lot of unanswered questions such as why the two boys were at the school at that time of night and who drove the van to the school. police believe two suspects are involved in the shooting. this is based on 1isurveillance video from a nearby home. in january a $10,000 reward was offered for information in the case. union city police say they have spent countless hours and resources on this investigation hope doing what they say will bring justice to the families and closure to the community. this press conference will be